One of the most powerful (and most expensive) monsters to bear the AMG name, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series has become almost an urban legend of sorts, boasting enough torque to drag a house down and roughly the same 0-60 mph capability as the half-ton lighter Corvette ZR1. Intent on putting all their suspicions to rest, the road test editors of Automobile brought their Black Series to a chassis dyno to see for themselves exactly what this Black Beauty (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves) could put down. True to legend, the Black Series’ twin-turbocharged V12 didn’t disappoint, churning out an amazing 573 hp (wheel horsepower) @ 5300 rpm and 682 lb-ft @ 3620 rpm in third gear. In 4th gear, Automobile managed to push out 715 lb-ft @ 3400 rpm, but the effect was slightly diminished by the friction of the rear wheel-spin when the Black Series hit max rev.
In conclusion, it was determined that the SL65 AMG Black Series puts out more grip that brute force, which is of only minor consequence once you remember that you’re critiquing the performance of a car whose price tag is more than triple what you make in a year. So really, when you look down at the steering wheel of your 10+ year old mid-size sedan and try to remember which brand of tampons your wife told you buy, does it really matter whether the Black Series performs better heads-up or through the curve? Of course it doesn’t, but you can take a small measure of comfort knowing that somewhere, somehow, there’s a wavy-haired, body-waxed, silk-shirted European sitting a stoplight, eating the burnt rubber of some Corvette ZR1.
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Source: Automobile Mag